The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #4, November 2016
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This fall, we are so grateful to be part of a robust community of individuals and organizations committed to meaningful science education for all students.

Thank you for everything you do to support young people as they learn to see science as something personally relevant that they can participate in.

-The STEM Teaching Tools team

New "Playlists" of Tools
Many of you have been asking for ways to better organize and make use of our growing collection of tools. We listened.

So we’ve created several new “playlists” of STEM Teaching Tools, focusing on a particular audience or aspect of the new vision for STEM education. These playlists can be used by educators learning individually, with a professional learning community, or in a professional development session.

Current Playlists:
We plan to improve and add playlists over time; email us at with suggestions.
Teaching and Assessing Crosscutting Concepts
Are you integrating the new vision for science education's crosscutting concepts into your instruction?

Our new tool "Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Assessment and Instruction" features a series of prompts designed to help educators draw out their students' understandings of the crosscutting concepts.
Read STEM Teaching Tool #41
Other New Teaching Tools
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Brief #39: How can students' everyday experiences support science learning through engineering design? [Read]
STEM Teaching Tool 33
Brief #40: How can Making promote equity and excitement in STEM? [Read]
STEM Teaching Tool 37
Brief #42: Using phenomena in NGSS-designed lessons and units [Read]
Related Resources
NAP Infographic
This new interactive infographic from the National Academies Press is a great entry point to familiarize yourself with the science and engineering practices outlined in the new vision for science education. The PDF version can also be printed or projected in your classroom.
What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges as educators adopt the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These tools are helping thousands of educators across the country align their teaching with best practices from both research and teaching.  

STEM Teaching tools are:

  • co-written by researchers and educators.
  • easily downloadable as PDFs.
  • updated regularly at, with new briefs created in response to educator needs.
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This site is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research + Practice Collaboratory (Award #1238253, #1626365). Opinions expressed are not those of any funding agency.

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